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Goa Catholics to accommodate 2,000 delegates in their homes



November 12, 2013 - In an effort to strengthen Small Christian Communities (SCCs), over 2,000 delegates from across India will be hosted in Catholic families in Goa in a unique intercultural bonding. The occasion is the first-ever SCCs national convention to be held in a giant tent outside the Basilica of Bom Jesus, November 19 to 21. Participants will start arriving on Nov. 17 and will be accommodated straight in families in various parts of the state. Fr. Anthony Fernandes, executive secretary, diocesan pastoral secretariat said Archdiocese of Goa and Daman has 150-odd parishes, but not all are hosting the participants “Still, we are trying to ensure that as many families as possible can accommodate guests across the length and breadth of Goa so that many may benefit from the historic event," Fr. Fernandes added. A Small Christian Community is a movement within the Catholic Church drawing inspiration from the early Christian communities. It involves a group of people who seek to form a faith community with each other through regular common prayer, reflection and mutual action, thus enhancing the members’ commitment to the Church and to each other through caring and loving relationships. (Source: UCAN)




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